1st SAL.....Peg, Dale and I committed to stitching Anni Downs - A Gardener's Journal in March. I blogged about this on my blog thinking maybe one or 2 others may join us and lots of girls indicated an interest so I decided to start this blog where we can all encourage each other to meet the goals set along the way....March 2010 -March 2011...........
2nd SAL ......well so many of the girls wanted to continue on with another project and some new girls joined us and now approx 91 girls are stitching Natalie Bird's Tis the Season. March to Sept 2011...............
3rd SAL....many girls want to stick with the SAL so now we have moved onto Anni Downs Some Kind of Wonderful - My Favourite Things Quilt.......Oct 2011-Oct 2012.........
Where are we now.....
4th SAL 2013...is numerous smaller projects from the previous 2 books Tis the Season and Some Kind of Wonderful plus some projects from Red Home by Natalie Bird approx 60 ladies stitching together.........
2014 we had the year off..............
5th SAL 2015..........inspired to continue we are doing another quilt project.....Anni Downs newest quilt Natures Journey.....

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finished in Time!

My January project is finished!....

...and I think this will be my final fabric selection.... a couple of the main blues have been purchased but the rest is from my stash......

I've been working (very slowly) on Gossip in the Garden - fabrics also from my stash - and am using brighter fabrics for that so thought I'd go for more "subdued" colours for NJ though a couple of fabrics are being used in both..... this coming weekend will be spent getting everything ready for the stitching to begin!!!

Happy Stitching

Month One

Natures Journey Month One Finished
Hope I can stay on track.
Anita ShabbyQuilt

Decisions, Decisions

I have been playing with fabrics for the  Natures Journey SAL.

Now I  think I have  finally  decided on  these thirties  style fabrics and the  background  will be either this cream or white.

Originally I  thought I would  be using Tilda, but have changed  my mind! I have some other scraps of thirties  prints that I  will more than likely  incorporate  as well.

I would welcome  any feedback,  please.

Do you think it would be ok to have the background  all the same colour,  eg the cream or white.




Finally my pattern arrived!
I'm Carin from Sweden and my blog is Ullhärvan. This will be my first SAL here even if I've been following you from behind. I'm so excited, it's a beautiful quilt we're doing!
I've finished the January stitchery, but can't decide if I want it to be a cushion or a mini quilt. Decisions, decisions! Not many days left of the month now.

I'm in ---- twice

Puh,now I'm in too...twice. 
Dear Grethe offred me to borrow her pattern as long as I needed it. So I could start making plans with fabrics and so on.
So we meet for a cup of cofee,Latte of'course,and a nice talk. 
I had a hope that mine pattern would be in mail back home...but to get started if the mail man realy need my pattern, it was a grat offer. So thank you Grethe. 
As you can see My pattern was at home waiting for me,and to day I has been looking for ligth fabrics with blue in it... And I did found some... So no I'm ready for February! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January Stitchery

Finally, I'm at my computer (not the iPad) and the photos have been downloaded and I can post a picture of the Anni Downes' stitchery we are completing for the January project in the SAL.

I haven't finished it yet - as in make it into something, but the stitching is done.  I was intending to use the traditional Christmas Colours of Red and/or green, but I stumbled across this one in a LQS and I liked it so much, I instantly decided to use it in this stitchery.  Surprisingly (well, maybe not!) I have some Christmas fabric in just these colours.

This is it:

It's a Cosmo thread - variegated pink and blue.  I really like it - but I'm still tempted to make another with the red thread.  A traditional Christmas girl at heart.

I've gone with the BoM option with Nature's Journey - very excited to get my first package - which should be very soon.  Love Anni's fabrics and the choices she makes for her quilts.


breathe in ...breathe out... so i panic...  but finally it arrived...thank you Chooky for your calm and wise  words ...
 now i must go to the fabric shop for some backgrounds , nothing much.... 

My January project is done and i even put in on my door .... christmas is when we

Stitching Complete

Hello my friends.
So pleased to join in with this years SAL.
I thought that I would have had my cushion made but have run out of time.
My Mum had surgery to remove cancer from her left wrist,
so my turn to help her now she is home.
I`m to stay with her for a few days and leave in the morning.

My finished `Christmas Wishes` stitching.
The colours I used where:
Sampler threads Old Red Paint for surround,tree trunks and her legs.
Cottage Garden Thread Dandelion for stars plus crosses. 
 High Country for trees and frame round wording and collar.
Auriril # 12 2260 for colonial knots on dress,shoes,hat and arms. 
Weeks Dye Works Bluecoat Red for dress.

I have put a peek a boo border first then 
a red star print and finally the stripe.

The piping will add the final touch to my cushion.
This I will show completed at next posting.
I have my `Natures Journey` pattern 
and looking though my fabrics 
ready to start when come home again.
Happy Stitching,

Am I in front yet….


Two blocks done….does this make me in front…..LOL…….


Hi everyone,
I am awaiting my pattern but I thought if I knew a little about the project, I could make a start in the meantime. Can someone tell me if the patchwork squares are 2 inches X 2 inches? I could maybe cut out some of those. Also, exactly what is the stitching in February's section.
I finished the stitching on January's project today and will be getting started on making it into something else soon.
Mama Bear

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January finish and some fabric!

Here is my Xmas Wishes finished...I have made it into a hanging ornament, apologies that I haven't photographed the back to show the pretty fabric, but believe me it is there! Very happy to have one project finished. I do love stitchery.
I've also been shopping (of course) and here are the fabrics I have so far for Natures Journey. Am looking forward to this one, with the small blocks it looks like it will be very achievable.
Was having some problems with my blog, just found Chookyblues fantastic tips and tutorials over on her blog. So now I have the SAL button! Thanks Chooky!
Great to be joining in with you all.

Marlene (Oz)                            


January project finished!!!!

I finished my january project yesterday!!!
I've choosen my backgound fabrics.

Arthur loves them to!!!

I can't wait to start!!! But I've got to finish a few other
projects first!!!

Have a nice day!!!

January Finish

After a quick start, I managed a slow finish, hope to improve next month. Now onto February's commitment.....

I made mine into a mini wall hanging, now to find a hanger in my stash....somewhere lol
Happy Stítching

Start and a Finish - FlowerandLinen

So I initially thought I would make a candle mat but I then changed my mind to a little wall hanging. 

I was really happy with it as it was done using scraps. Scraps of thread, batting pieces sewn together, left over strips from my Tis the Season quilt, and left over binding. Oh and two bits of backing fabric sewn together. 

I went through a large part of my stash and decided on a pink and green theme for  my Nature's Journey quilt - relatively in tune with natural colours. (or so I think now). 

My intention is to incorporate these beautiful scraps (below), given to me by Aunty. Such delicate and pretty fabrics. She is a gifted sewer and wonderful person. She has lived alone in the country for ten years and I periodically send her photos of my projects with an explanation on the back of the photographs. Sadly she has just gone in to palliative care the other day.  

So more fabric in the tub to choose from. 

Hoping to prep my first couple of blocks tonight. 

Happy Stitching All

Monday, January 26, 2015

January finish

One completed project for the year! ..YAY!
this picture looks a bit pink… but it is red, with ecru stitching and rusty bells.
                                                                          Hanging amongst the rellies …

My pattern has arrived… I'm in Sydney at the moment.. so tomorrow I'm off on a material hunt….AS If I haven't got enough at home already!!!

The pattern has arrived to Hungary:-)


I am happy to inform you, my pattern has safely arrived from Hatched&Patched! I cannot wait to go home after work and read through the instructions:-)
The shipping time was only 9 days from Australia to Hungary.

Have a nice week, girls!:-)
Happy sewing!

The Snowflower Diaries

Stitchery Completed

I'm happy to say that I have finished January's little project.  It is just a small 12 inch cushion made from bits and pieces from the stash, as that is the size cushion insert that was in the box.  Sew a bit on, then add a bit more and see how it turns out.  It turned out not too bad.

Now I have a head start with Christmas projects for next this year.

I was productive yesterday and have my background blocks cut and February's marked and ready to start stitching.

Looking forward to it.

January finish

It's taken me a while but I've finished my January stitchery. I've made it into a wall hanging.

I've decided my quilt is going to be extremely scrappy by just using the fabric I have; tonight's job is to find some pale fabrics for the 7" squares - wish me luck.


I have made a start….


One done… how many more to go!!!!!!

January Project

I just finished January Project, really enjoyed to stitch.

Getting there...

Hi everyone! I am Joy and have done two stitch-a-longs here with all the ladies. Really looking forward to this one! Got the pattern in the mail and have been playing with fabric already.... this is what I want to work with:

These are some backgrounds I got:
Ok, don't know why the photo is on its side, but you get a bit of an idea :)

Still working on Jan!

"Christmas Wishes .... ....."

I have finished the little stitchery. I'm sorry the photo isn't the best one, but I used green DMC embroidery tread for the motive. The border fabrics are from the stash. I think this mini quilt will be nice to hang on the wall in December.
I'm so glad to tell that the pattern arrived yesterday. Next week I have to look for fabrics. I hope to find most of it in my stash.
                               Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

...another SKoFW - Part II...

Here it is...my SKoFW top in-progress folded over Chookyblue's finished quilt...in the Chook Shed!...
It was pretty cool to see them hanging together...and to see Chooky's quilt for real, the colours are so much more awesome than in the photo...I have to address an issue with the bottom "hemline" before putting on the final sashing/border strips but it is pretty darn close to limping over the finish line...

Happy Stitching...
Annette @ Jindi's Cottage

another SKofW............

I was going to share a great pic ...............
I hung my SKofW up and then folded Annettes' in 1/2 and hung it over the top..............it looked so cool............but in the process of trying to get some of my pics to blue tooth to the computer I have accidently deleted the photo.............
So hopefully when Annette gets her pics organised she will share the 1/2 and 1/2 and also a finished pic of her quilt top.............it looks great.............
In the last few weeks Annette has got it all together which is fantastic.........
Anyone else been working on there's???
Any more progress Suze or Larissa.............
Suze we would love to see your strips.........

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January ....

January, sick and tired, you've been hanging on me....... 
No not really but I do love the song ;)))

January is complete .... Bring on February !!!

January project finished - and pattern arrived!

With an evening home alone (peaceful, yet strangely quiet) I managed to finish the January project! I originally had plans to make something a little bigger using this stitchery, but the fabric I wanted to use was a bit too small for those ideas, and besides, Anni's stitchery is so cute it just had to become a mini-quilt.

Pattern and project.

My pattern finally arrived on Wednesday! I've barely had time to glance at it, but I'm thinking of using fabric mostly from my stash for this one. (I'll have to see how far I get, before having to buy more.) I'm also considering doing some adjustments to the finished size of the quilt (I'm feeling a little limited by the space of our apartment), but these thoughts are too early to see if gets put into action or not. First things first - I'm going to start cutting the background fabric for the February parts soon (celebrating a birthday in the family this weekend, so might not have that much time sewing/cutting). 

My mom is anxiously awaiting her pattern in the mail (she ordered it on the same day as I did, but it hadn't arrived yesterday). I hope it arrives soon.

Finished and ready for the next challenge Chooky

Got to love long weekends...while baby sitting the Grandson I managed to whip up this block keeper to keep all or most of those cute Nature's Journey blocks in

Enjoy your weekend girls, I am off to put my fabric together :)

don't worry.............

Hi Girls..............
while still waiting to hear from some girls I would like to say........
"DON'T PANIC" if you don't have your pattern yet......there are quite a few still waiting............mostly overseas girls....but they are starting to arrive which is great.....
we still have a week before February gets here and the blocks are not due on the first......you have the whole month to make them...............we won't leave anyone behind just because they are waiting for the mail man to bring there pattern............
While everyone can work at there own pace as in get ahead if they want I will ask that we only post whats due in the current month................
We don't want anyone to feel left behind..........
The idea of the SAL is we are all stitching together........
Keeping each other on the monthly target...........
Having said that I need some to be a big quicker as I could not cope with everyone posting there finished blocks on the last day of the month..............
We all have different life demands ie kids, illness, work, whatever it is we will all get to the deadlines together...........
Happy Stitching....
PS to the Aussie girls enjoy Australia Day long weekend............
(we have a holiday on Monday 26th)

It's here in France

Hello, i'm french, my name is Laurence.
I join the sal2015 and i'm so happy because i've just receive the pattern this morning.
I'll go in 2 weeks at the sale exhibition show of "l'aiguille en fête" in Paris.
I need a few fabrics for backgrounds and some assorted fabrics for applique.
See you soon

Friday, January 23, 2015

My First Mini

Yay!  My January project is completed ... "Christmas Wishes" is the first mini I've made and the first to hang on my little frame.

I plan to make the templates ready for NJ over the weekend as I will have to wait another week before I can get into town to purchase some base fabrics. Looking forward to making a start.

Narelle @ Pins and Whiskers

Fabric Choices

Here are my fabric choices
Astor Manor, cream shirtings with blue print. another 3 pieces are on their way along with more of these 3 as i'd only bought 25cm pieces. The shirtings weren't intended for this quilt but i thought they'd be ideal. Just have to buy 4 more backgrounds for the pink based Anni Used.

Happy Stitching,

Nervious... still not arrived!!!

I'm here again .. so sad to tell you that my pattern has not arrived yet to Barcelona ..

Yes I know I have time.. we are not in February .. but I should find out my fabric to sew .. and I'm very very very impatient to receive it .. and to start to catch the needle .. even i have a lot of projects started .. I want to start this!!

I want to tell you that I'm so impress about how many people will sew along together .. it is amazing ..

Chooky.. you are enormous.. you see!! all this people is just following you and your proposals.. like me.. for this i want to tell yo again thanks ..

I'm still not controlling the blogger .. so sorry.